Snow: A Retelling of

Snow: A Retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Once upon a Time Series)

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The Duchess Jessica's childhood began with a tragedy: her mother's death. Her father, heartbroken at the loss of his beloved wife, could not bear to raise the child. Largely ignored, Jessica spent the first eleven years of her life running free on the family estate, cared for only by the servants.

Then her father decides to remarry, bringing an end to Jessica's independence. At first her new stepmother just seems overly strict. But as Jessica grows into a beautiful young woman, it becomes clear that her stepmother is also wildly — and murderously — jealous of her.

Jessica escapes to London. Going by the name Snow to hide from her family, she falls in love with an odd band of outcasts who accept her into their makeshift family. But when her stepmother appears in the city, repentant and seeking her forgiveness, Jessica will have to decide whom to trust...with her life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416940159
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 10/24/2006
Series: Once upon a Time Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 608,430
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tracy Lynn is a pseudonym. Liz Braswell is a real person. After the sort of introverted childhood you would expect from a writer, Liz earned a degree in Egyptology at Brown University and then promptly spent the next ten years producing video games. Finally she caved in to fate and wrote Snow, her first novel, followed by the Nine Lives of Chloe King series under her real name, because by then the assassins hunting her were all dead. Liz lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and the occasional luna moth.

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Snow: A Retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (Once upon a Time Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell absolutely in love with the book the first time I read it! The story was wonderful and the character development was top notch. I fell in love with the character Raven! This book is shrouded in mystery and has a bit of every genre in it. I recommend it to anyone who loves fairy tale retellings!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall I disliked this book a LOT. It kept me entertained enough to keep reading, but barely. The author is clearly skilled in language, but her writing still needs a lot of refining. The sentences didn't flow very well, there was a lot of confusing transition from narration to characters' thoughts, and oftentimes, in the middle of narration appropriate to what it would be like in the 1800s, I would come upon a modern phrase that definitely didn't belong. The story was lacking in good description of its characters and left me wanting more effective description everywhere. The storyline would sometimes start quickly and go very fast, but then stop and be slow, and then start again suddenly. I felt like I was being pulled along in a car that kept hitting its brakes and then accelerating at odd intervals. The main character of Jessica/Snow really had no personality, which is the key to getting readers to like a character. I found that I didn't really like her or care about her that much, cruel as it seems. Creating likeable characters is essential for an author to accomplish to keep a reader hooked. When Jessica was young she just seemed silly, and when she was old, she was boring and, in some instances, still silly. The love story that unravelled leads me back to the car analogy, with the stopping and going suddenly and erratically. The author would lead me to believe that certain characters would be love interests for Snow, but then suddenly those ideas would be dashed and I'd be left saying, 'Wha-??'. The love story started out slow so you'd hardly know it was there, then all of a sudden it accelerated quickly and I was thinking, 'When did that happen?'. Characters were introduced suddenly when the book was almost over, and I thought they would be significant, but they really were annoyingly pointless. The author tried to have a modern take on the story, with the Duchess being a scientist instead of a witch, but the story seemed out of place and all wrong like this, and the 'scientific' elements of the story just seemed dumb and far-fetched. But enough of that. As I was reading the book I figured it deserved 3 stars in a review. That is, until I got to the end. All - and I mean ALL! - problems in the story seemed to be resolved with an infuriatingly low amount of conflict. Suddenly all seemed to be well, and I felt like throwing the book accross the room! The ending itself was completely lame, and left me wondering why on earth I didn't stop reading the book after the first few chapters. Perhaps I am hard to please, but I definitely don't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this book I got hooked. I was falling in love with it. The story line, the new look on an old classic, it was going great. So as I got to the end I was ready for something that would make me just as happy as the rest of the book. I got the opposite. Without giving anything away the ending was...bland. I found myself thinking, "really? That's it?" It was set up to have such a great powerful climax with many different directions. But it just kind of fizzled. It makes me sad. I'm not saying that I wasted my money but as a reader I feel kind of cheated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a super book it's one of those special books that you can read repeatedly, over and over again without getting tired of it. It's a beautiful Snow White story, and there's a wonderful romance between Snow and her 'Prince', the misfit-but-still-really-amazing Raven. This is a must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While trying to avoid gushing, i have to say that this is one of my favorite books i have read. My copy is so worn that i have been looking for a new one. The adventures snow goes on and the outstanding cast of supporting characters makes this read one for all to enjoy. The only thing i would say is that it isn't the garden variety fairy tale and some of the themes may not be suitable for all ages.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this retelling of Snow White. You could see the similarities between this story and the original Snow White, but this one had a lot of originality that it kept me riveted. Snow—or rather, Jessica—is a child raised by servants. Since the servants obviously do not know how a proper duchess is to be raised, Jessica mostly runs wild among the estate. That is, until her father remarries. Everyone, including Jessica, is fooled by Anne, the new duchess, except for Alan, the fiddler. He is Anne's servant, and has an enchanted chain around his neck that prevents him from being able to tell anyone what goes on in Anne's room. Alan is also Jessica's best friend, and when Anne reveals her plan to steal Jessica's heart, Alan rushes—and struggles—to try and save Jessica without revealing anything. Then we meet the band of outcasts, Chauncey, Mouser, Sparrow, Cat, and Raven. They take Jessica in when they find her wandering on the streets of London, and quickly become her family. But then Anne claims to have changed, and Jessica—now known as Snow—who yearns to have a mother, is willing to give her a second chance. Here is where I had a bit of qualms with Snow. The duchess, Anne, tried to kill Snow. Yes, I understand that Snow wants parents who care for her more than anything, but Anne tried to kill her. I would not be willing to go back and say, "Oh, hi, I know you wanted my heart for yourself and all, but I'm just gonna go meet you and put it all behind us." What? Though I know it was essential for the plot, I still wanted to smack some sense into Snow and scream at her that it was a trap. The Lonely Ones (the band of outcasts that take Snow in) quickly captured my heart with their quirks and care. As they became Snow's adopted family, I came to care for them. Another thing I really liked was the way the author wrote the book. It was in third person, which allowed us to see what was going on everywhere and be privy to what the duchess was going to do (and then yell at Snow for being so naïve.) Also, some chapters were things that weren't essential to the book but that allowed us to see what other character's were thinking, such as Alan's letter to his sister after accepting the position as a fiddler in the Welsh estate. Though I knew (for the most part) how the story was going to end, it wasn't boring in the least and provided much entertainment that kept me wanting to know how the author planned to have things happen—and therefore kept me eagerly turning the page. I recommend this book to people who love retelling of fairy tales, love, magic (or science), and a happily ever after that's not so expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was overall amazing. Sure, it wasnt what people wanted for a regular fairy tale, but it was honest in saying a retelling of a story. The title said snow. And eeryone knows the title helps define the book, snow can be anything. Some people were complaining about the fizzled ending, but in the ending, it leads to alot more. It has this sense of a sequel coming on, but not. So a cliffy if you will. Snow is a story about a girl finding herself in the world while 'society' tried to correct her or capture her. Duchess being that 'society' before i spoil more, i would say this is a must read overall for critical thinkers or those who know how to enjoy a book and give it credit where credit is due.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good but I wish she ended up with a cuter guy and really? A crow and kinda her half brother, that is just so wrong. Never really liked snow white anyways. OK BUT NOT THE BEST.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was very interesting. It lost me in the middle but i found my way back quick enough. A fantastic retelling of snow white and a very differnt spin to it. Was most enjoyable!
Emily Zimmerman More than 1 year ago
I never really like the story of snow white, but after reading this book, it became one of my favorite stories
UN1C0RN More than 1 year ago
Snow, born a duchess, is unsure of what life should and can hold until a fiddler, an insane stepmother, and group of unusual friends abruptly insert themselves into her life. One always wonders why Snow never rises up against her stepmother; well here readers are rewarded with a tale of pure hearts, and unfortunate circumstances that lands one very isolated little girl in the heart of London amidst a groups of siblings different from any characters ever encountered, retelling or not! Though far from home, insanity and danger follow this child even as she discovers family and, for the first time, love. An enchanting tale only possible from Ms. Lynn's imagination. Thank you for a wonderful adventure!
dholland08 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the novel Snow by Tracy Lynn. Although it's a retelling of a beloved fairy tale, the characters are unique and the mysteries original. The main character, Jessica was born the day her mother died. Her father, the Duke of Kenigh, is heartbroken by his wife's death. He shuns Jessica because she is not a male heir and he blames her for her mother's death. Jessica is raised by the servants, running wild and happy. Then the duke remarries and Snow has a new mother, a haughty beautiful lady. Jessica's freedom is slowly taken away, but at first the new duchess was kind. There were only hints of her strangeness. The duchess works secretively in her labratory and is dangerously obsessed with having a son. The duchess hires a fiddler boy, Alan, as her servant and he and Jessica become friends. It's apparent that the duchess has some hold over Alan, and there are some things he's just unable to speak about. As her stepmother's experiments grow more sinister, Jessica becomes lovelier... and her stepmother grows jealous. Eventually Jessica is forced to flee for her life, taking on the new name Snow and hiding out in London. It's there that she meets the Lonely Ones... a truly strange group of people hidden from the rest of the world. This novel is well written and fast-paced. The setting of Victorian England jumps off the page. But what really holds your interest is Jessica. She's a determined main character who's not your typical damsel in distress. The ending is fully satisfying, with all the threads coming together and tying themselves up neatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was positively amazing. the story shows magic, romance, suspense, and adventure. i agree with the person who said that you fall in love with the characters because it's true. And at parts the book made me laugh. and for the person who said that there was no magic in her waking up. there really was. tracy lynn showed a new way of Snow White waking up from a kiss. trust me it is an amazing book. and if you like fairy tales put this on your list.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this book at all! It really didnt have any magic in it at all. Like when Snow White woke up it wasnt a kiss that woke her up. It was just a machine that put her to sleep then it made her wake up. The first few chapters I liked it but then it got boring and stupid. Some of the books in these series are very disappointing. Some are really excellent. But all in all this was one of the bad ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are so many surprising plot twists, and it isn't so girly as you might think it is. Couldn't put the book down. And as for Snow & Raven- at first it's all like, they're talking. Then, next minute, they're kissing. But really, if you read closely you'll pick up the small details and it'll totally pay off.
Mortumi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had a lot of occult and steampunkish elements, things I love. I do have to admit that the character Snow is a bit of a milksop, and the animal people/dwarf replacements were kind of annoying. I liked it more for the atmosphere than for the story. It isn't serious reading material, but if you're looking for something different, with some interesting themes, by all means read it. I own it, and I like it, but I wouldn't buy it.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not your usual retelling of Snow White: her childhood swings between wonderful and horrible, her dwarves aren't dwarves, and her prince isn't a prince. Set in the 1800s, Snow White is a Welsh duchess rather than a princess, and she runs not to a forest but to London. She charms her companions there, but when her evil stepmother gets her, she first has to regain her life and then decide just what happily ever after means after the life she's led so far.
CornerDemon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Out of the entire "Once Upon a Time" series, this is my favorite. It is fantastically written, elegant, and the character is thoroughly believable. Snow White has to be one of my least favorite tales, but this book made her passivity believable, her escape imaginative, and her apple-incident thrilling. I strongly, strongly recommend this book. It's a quick read, and mature readers might shy away from the "Teen" label, but it is wonderful and I encourage everyone in love with the fairy tale genre to give it a try.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I see there are quite the mixed reviews for "Snow", but I have to say that I just adored it. The basic premise of the fairy tale Snow White is the same as we have come to know and love...evil stepmother, magic mirror, hunter coming after her heart, and a band of lovable comrades to take her in. But in this story, the evil stepmother wants Snow's heart for a magic experiment to try to get pregnant...she is jelous of Snow's fair beauty and believes there is no point in a woman's life if she isn't a mother or a young beauty. Warned by the fiddler playing assistant to the evil stepmother, Rose runs away. There things do start varying from the old fashioned tale a little more. She meets up with a group of street thiefs, living in the dark in a hideout. They can't work more honest, day jobs because they all have something different about them. They are part human, part other. They have different other, mouse, rat, raven, sparrow.. but they take Snow in and fall in love with her. In return she cooks meals and keeps house. Then one day the stepmother finds her with the help of the mirror and she tries to get Snow to believe she has changed. Innocent as always, Snow belives her and I won't say any more about the plot because it has some different twists and turns you must read. Some reviewers don't like how the story varies from the more traditional tellings but I have to ask: What is the point in reading the same thing over and again? This is still a fairy tale and has its roots deeply in the Snow White tale but the author, Tracy Lynn adds some exciting fantasy elements that are magical in their own right. This is a great retelling and I am glad to have the chance to read it.
slightlyfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very interesting and intriguing take on an old classic. I really love how Lynn explained the talking mirror and the evil queens attempts to kill Snow White. The dwarfs were as lovable and unique as ever. This book was much better than I had expected it to be. It made me wonder about other fairy tales and how they could be retold.
silentq on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jessica is the typical white as snow, red as blood, black as night daughter of a Welsh duke, who's mother died at her birth. The evil stepmother is more of a mad scientist, with a touch of magic thrown into her inventions. The one contrived note is when Jess is punished when a duke assaults her in the stables (because of course she was running wild before her coming out) by being forced into the role of a servant, where she becomes so pale she's nicknamed Snow. The implication is that the stepmother has mesmerised everyone into believing that it's a fitting punishment, but the focus of the story is so narrow that it's not fully justified. We see Snow from the POV of her stepmother's fiddler boy, Alan, as he tries to help her. She eventually escapes to the city and takes up with fantastical human/animal hybrids, continuing her servant's duties. There's definitely a steampunk element in the descriptions of gas lit London, and all the characters are well fleshed out (the step mother is the weakest, but she exists as a symbol of madness and horror).
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snow is a great version of Snow White. It is quirky and slightly dark, but beautiful and full-filling. It is my favorite of the once upon a time series and probably the one that will speak the most to an older audience. Its a well written and provoking version of a well known story. A really enjoyable if very quick read.
the_hag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to admit from the start that I have rather a soft spot in my heart for this series¿it¿s just plain fun to read. Snow is not my first encounter with this series (at this point I¿ve read nearly all of them¿only three more to go) and while it¿s not the worst in the lot (Water Song, IMHO), it¿s not the best either (Before Midnight, Scarlet Moon, and The Storyteller¿s Daughter are my personal favorites). What I find compelling about Snow is that the author takes the bones of Snow White and really makes them her own. She keeps all the major elements and gives each a good strong twist and unflinchingly tells a new story that is rather like the one we all know and love, yet decidedly original and quite a fun read too! In Snow, the author keeps the wicked step-mother (naturally), the dwarves (after a fashion), the mice, the magic mirror (though somewhat twisted) and so on. The major differences are that the dwarves are no longer dwarves, instead they are semi-human, semi-animal hybrids who are also beggars and thieves on the streets of London, the story is set in Victorian era England, and the step-mother is no longer an evil witch¿instead she is a bitter and aging woman with a scientific interest in changing her circumstances (thorough experimentation). The science as it is presented in this story is something of a mixture of modern scientific methods and alchemy with a pinch of traditional sorcery thrown in, which makes for a very interesting plot point. I think one of the limitations of this series is that each book is under 300 pages (most coming in around 150-225 pages), which means that each author in this series is faced with the challenge of introducing us to old favorite characters in new skins¿.and sometimes this leads to characters that feel shallow or underdeveloped, not quite one dimensional, but definitely not all the way to fully formed and 100% engaging. Additionally, I find that books geared toward young adults sometimes suffer from this same problem (underdeveloped characters) simply because they ARE for young adults. I also believe that the number of pages this series has on average caused some flow issues with this particular volume in the series. Tracy Lynn has so many fun and unique twists to the original storyline and I think that she didn¿t have the opportunity to fully develop some of the plot points (Lonely Ones, I¿m looking at you). Finally, the ending is totally rushed (in only a few pages) and rather a let down after all the build up¿I liked what Lynn did with the Step-Mother, but overall it was TOO rushed and TOO easy. Overall, I enjoyed Snow (as I have most of the books in this series). The characterization was adequate (though I felt could have been better), the pacing was good (right up until the end), and it really did keep to the traditional bones of the original story. Its flaws are livable and it¿s a quick, fun read. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 for the already stated ¿flaws¿ and simply because I didn¿t enjoy the point in the story where Jessica is mistaken (understandably) for a servant girl and is blamed for nearly being raped/beaten by a nobleman for simply appearing to be a peasant/servant in the household. Though likely a true characterization of the division between the classes at that time, I don¿t know that the intended demographic would really pick up on that¿instead I think the message that would be picked up on is that it¿s all HER fault for being young, carefree and independent (and a little defiant too). Instead of her parents castigating the nobleman, they are mortified at her treatment of HIM and they shut her away and make her into the servant that this man mistook her for, abuse heaped upon abuse. This theme is probably more suited to an adult adaptation where it could be explored more in depth as a plot point. Snow is definitely a welcome addition to the Once Upon a Time series and I¿d recommend it to anyone who loves fairy-tale adaptations.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An unusual adaptation of Snow White. Jessica's childhood is largely her own. Raised primarily by servants after her mother's death, she is reined in at once by her new stepmother who immediately forbids her almost all of her favorite activities. It soon becomes clear that the woman is more than strict -- she is increasingly jealous of Snow's growing beauty, and has murderous plans.Snow escapes to the city, falling in with an odd band of pickpockets (very Dickensian). When her stepmother tracks her down, she is in deadly danger, and it may be beyond the means of her new friends to save her.
Saieeda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute retelling of the classic fairy tell "Snow White," This teen novel is fun and inventive. Some fairy tale retellings can be young, cliche, or boring; this book is none of these. It is interesting and new with an unexpected twist that is sure to encourage readers to become a fan of the retelling genre. This book's writing style was a little too simple for me, but it would be perfect for a 11-14 year old.